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Catch ‘Big Fish’ in Anaheim!

Chance Theater of Anaheim will present its fourth show in its 20th Anniversary Season, “Big Fish.”

Written by John August with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, directed by Oanh Nguyen, choreographed by Kelly Todd, and musically directed by Robyn Manion, Big ​ Fish will preview from June 29 through July 6; regular performances will begin July 7 and continue through August 5 at Chance Theater at Bette Aitken ​Theater Arts Center on the Cripe Stage.

“Big Fish” is a fantastical musical that illustrates the larger-than-life anecdotes of Edward Bloom, a man nearing the end of his life. This fact has compelled his grown son Will to embark on an adventure of his own — to unravel his real dad from the myths of his tall tales. Filled with magic, love, luck, and crazy coincidences, this rollicking fantasy set in the American South is a tribute to the power of dreaming big.

Photo by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio
Jeff Lowe as Edward Bloom, Laura M. Hathaway as Sandra Bloom, and Jason Brewer as Young Will in the regional premiere of “Big Fish.”

“A thoroughly entertaining musical, overflowing with heart!” — Theater Mania

“DON’T DARE MISS THIS! A show for everyone who loves musicals.” — Variety

The cast of Big Fish includes Resident Artists Laura M. Hathaway (Parade), Monika Pena (Violet), and Rachel Oliveros Catalano (Little Women), as well as returning artists Jason Brewer (The Secret Garden), Devin Collins (Violet), and Matt OC Premiere of BIG FISH starts June 29th page 2 of 4 Takahashi (She Loves Me). Jeff Lowe, Jared Price, Mandy Foster, John Carroll, Michael J. Isennock, Matt Bolden, Sydney DeMaria, and Lydia Margitza are making their Chance debuts with this production. ​ The production team for Big Fish includes choreographer Kelly Todd (Hairspray), music director Robyn Manion (Violet), scenic designer Bradley Kaye (Tribes), lighting designer Masako Tobaru (Parade), costume designer Bradley Lock (Hairspray), Projection designer Nick Santiago (Tribes), sound designer Ryan Brodkin (Parade), puppet designer Matthew Aldin McGee, props designer Megan Hill (Good People), dialect coach Glenda Morgan Brown (Good People), and dramaturg Jessica Johnson. Tod & Linda White are the Executive Producers. Bette & Wylie Aitken are the Season Producers for the entire 2018 schedule.

ABOUT CHANCE THEATER Proud to be one of the leading ensemble-driven theatre companies in Southern California, CHANCE THEATER recently received a National Theatre Company grant from American Theatre Wing. The Chance has won six Ovation Awards, including two for Best Production of a Musical – Intimate Theater for its West Coast premiere of Triassic Parq – The Musical and Southern California premiere of Jerry Springer – The Opera, as well as four LADCC Awards, including the Polly Warfield Award for Outstanding Season. The Anaheim City Council named Chance Theater “the official resident theater company of Anaheim”, and Arts Orange County has twice named the Chance as “Outstanding Arts Organization”. Known for using bold and personal storytelling to promote dialogue and connection within the Southern California theatrical landscape, the Chance is committed to contributing to a more compassionate, connected and creative community. As a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group, Network of Ensemble Theaters, and the LA Stage Alliance, Chance Theater continues to bring national attention to the Southern California and Orange County theater scenes.

Want To Go?

What: ‘Big Fish’

Where: Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center on the Cripe Stage; 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807

When: Preview Performances: June 29- July 6, 2018 Fridays and Saturday at 8pm Sunday at 7pm Regular Performances July 7- Aug 5, 2018 Fridays at 8pm Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm Sundays at 3pm

Tickets: $35-$45. Call 888-455-4212 or visit www.ChanceTheater.com. Discounts available for children (ages 4+), seniors, students and military.

Website: chancetheater.com

Photo by Doug Catiller, True Image Studio
John Carroll as Karl the Giant, Jeff Lowe as Edward Bloom, Devin Collins as the Mayor, and Sydney DeMaria as a townsperson in the regional premiere of Big Fish.

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